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News of: Friday, 17th of September, 2010

Front Page

Children toil in brass hell

The melting brass glows in the dimly lit workshop where a coal furnace rages at around 900 degrees Celsius. By the fire, a master carefully casts molten brass into an earthen mould. As soon as the molten metal touches the mould, it ignites with a burst of flame burning a layer of soil and burnt engine oil in the iron case. A pungent smell fills the air.

Cops question widow's view

The chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday said recently slain Ibrahim's widow Rina Islam's claim that ruling party lawmaker Shaon was involved in the killing, is motivated.

Mother, daughter crushed under bus wheels

The thirst for speed claimed the lives of a mother and her daughter on a Dhaka street yesterday.

Cold shoulder for cattle

The country remains on high anthrax alert as reports of fresh infections in different districts continue to swell amid significant fall in consumption of beef and mutton.

Govt to reactivate anti-hoarding law

The government is going to reactivate the anti-hoarding law in an effort to control prices of essential commodities, Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque has said.

BNP may return to JS session

BNP is now planning to join the ensuing parliament session as part of the party strategy to build an anti-government movement both within and outside the House.

Special body wants to meet PM, discuss proposals

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment will meet Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina to finalise proposed changes to the country's supreme charter.

Hasina to highlight climate, MDGs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will highlight Bangladesh's achievements in the Millennium Development Goals, the impacts of climate change and the Least Developed Countries concerns in her speech at the UN General Assembly on September 27.

3 lakh marooned in 11 flood-hit districts

Floods have left around 3 lakh people marooned in different districts of the country and submerged over 20,000 hectares of farmland.

3 outlaws killed in 'shootouts'

Three outlaws were killed in “shootouts” with law enforcers in Kushtia and Chittagong early yesterday.

Duke denied bail, sent to jail again

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a bail petition by Saiful Islam Duke, nephew of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in connection with the August 21 grenade attack.

Govt to bring 6 Bangabandhu killers back

The six fugitive convicted killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be brought back home and executed within the present government's tenure, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed has said.

Sayedee shown held in tax evasion case

Detained Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee was shown arrested yesterday in connection with a case filed against him for dodging income tax.

Derailment, blockade halt trains for hours

Railway communication between Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Jamalpur remained snapped for several hours yesterday due to separate incidents of railtrack blockade and derailment.

Mutiny trial to complete in 6 months

The ongoing trial of the BDR mutiny across the country will be completed within next three to six months, Major General Rafiqul Islam, the BDR director general, has said.

Criminals kill community policeman

Criminals killed a community policeman at Sutrapur in the capital early yesterday.

4 leaders indicted for Cambodian genocide

Cambodia's UN-backed genocide tribunal yesterday formally indicted the four top surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime blamed for 1.7 million deaths in the 1970s, paving the way for the panel's long-awaited second trial next year.

Freed American stays out of spotlight in Oman

American Sarah Shourd stayed out of the spotlight for a second day yesterday, resting privately in Oman's sunny seaside capital after more than 13 months in an Iranian prison.

Myanmar cancels voting plans for some areas

Several areas of Myanmar will not be able to vote in November's elections, mostly parts of the country where restive ethnic minorities are dominant, state media reported yesterday.

Editorial

National child policy a positive move

The draft National Child Policy 2010 makes much sense given the realities attendant on the conditions of Bangladesh's children in the last many decades. Children in this country have generally been at the losing end of any meaningful deal, especially in terms of policy and governance. Besides, even if there have been moves to ensure the welfare of children, few if any follow-up measures, such as implementation, have come into play. This truth is borne out by the pitiful conditions in which children at the ultra-poor level continue to live, with little access to health safety measures and education.

Bracing up for floods

Floodwaters have submerged croplands, houses, roads and eroded embankments in about 11 districts of the country as the three major riversPadma, Meghna and Jamunaswelled beyond danger levels in the wake of heavy rain in the states of Arunachal and Assam in India. Along with the three major rivers the water levels of Arial Khan and Kushiyara have also risen worsening the plight of the people.

Sports

Pont vows to 'tame Tigers'

New bowling coach Ian Pont has vowed to make the bowlers "the best version of themselves" after arriving in Dhaka yesterday for his six-month stint with the Tigers.

ICC will uphold the sport's 'sanctity'

The president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday vowed to maintain the "sanctity" of the game after meeting Pakistan's cricket chief over the spot-fixing betting scandal.

Flintoff kneels down

Andrew Flintoff announced his retirement from all cricket on Thursday as he admitted defeat in his battle against a persistent right knee injury.

Team eyes good showing

The Bangladesh women's football team have set their sights on putting on a better show in the qualifying round of the AFC U-19 Women's Football Championship although the officials believe that there is hardly any difference among the participating teams.

More officials than athletes!

Sharmin Akhter Ratna, gold medalist in the South Asian Games and Commonwealth Shooting Championship, will carry the national flag during the march past in the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi over October 3-14.

Shakib's quiet end to county stint

Shakib Al Hasan might have only made 14 in his final county innings of the season but his team Worcestershire set themselves on course for promotion into Division One of the County Championship, beating Sussex by four wickets yesterday.

England need another win

It was an extraordinary show of faith in a sport with a battered reputation, but last week's second ODI at Headingley was arguably the cricketing highlight of the summer. In front of a rapt crowd consisting of English and Pakistani fans alike, and in glorious late-summer sunshine, England edged a thriller by chasing down a formidable target of 295 in the final over of the contest.

Serbian duo arrive at Sheikh Jamal

After arriving in Bangladesh for the second time yesterday, Serbian coaches Zoran Kraljevic and Davor Berber have promised to start afresh with the Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, putting behind their uncomfortable time with the Bangladesh Football Federation.

CSK too hot to handle

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) set themselves up as the team to beat in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament with a second successive crushing win on Wednesday.

Westfield charged with spot-fixing

Former Essex cricketer Mervyn Westfield has been charged with conspiracy to defraud over claims he deliberately played poorly, England's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Thursday.

Jamal gives Dautia win

Dautia Bulbul Club came from behind to beat Tiger Sporting Club 2-1 in the Hafijul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium yesterday.

Women's kabaddi from today

The three-day long Meizan National Women's Kabaddi Competition will begin today at the Sultana Kamal Women's Sports Complex.

Hill suspected no-balls were intentional

New Zealand umpire Tony Hill suspected Pakistan bowlers were deliberately sending down no-balls against England last month but did not link the tactic to corruption, a report said Thursday.

Arsenal destroy Braga

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced his side's six-goal demolition of Braga in their opening Champions League group game is proof his players have the potential to be winners.

Ibra in Sacchi spat

Zlatan Ibrahimovic quickly went from hero to villain following his winning brace for AC Milan in the Champions League against Auxerre.

Bayern see off Roma

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal asked for the German giants' fans to show a little more patience after they laboured to a 2-0 win over resilient Roma in the Champions League.

Real start on a high

Jose Mourinho enjoyed a winning start to his first Champions League campaign at Real Madrid as his side beat Ajax 2-0 on Wednesday, while Arsenal and Chelsea both strolled to emphatic wins.

Loew backs Ballack

Germany coach Joachim Loew on Wednesday backed injured captain Michael Ballack to win back his place and lead the national side into Euro 2012, despite the ex-Chelsea star's latest injury setback.

Portugal want Mourinho

Portugal are hoping to convince Real Madrid to allow Jose Mourinho to take charge of the nation's next two Euro 2012 qualifiers, according to widespread reports.

Milan suffer double blow

AC Milan suffered a double blow on Thursday with the news that Brazilian forward Pato and captain Massimo Ambrosini will both be out for up to three weeks.

Munich take UEFA to court

Bayern Munich said Wed-nesday they have started legal action against a senior member of European football's governing body UEFA over unsubstantiated allegations of corruption made in German magazine Stern.

Saifi fined over journalist slap

FIFA has hit Algerian striker Rafik Saifi with a 2,300-euro fine for having slapped a woman journalist at the end of the Algeria v United States match at the World Cup.

Business

Nation fails to climb global business list

Bangladesh's global competitiveness is stagnating compared with competing countries due to its ailing infrastructure, shows the Global Competitiveness Report 2010-11, released yesterday.

CPA to cut turnaround time

The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has moved to find ways to reduce ships' stay time at the port from the existing average of 6.3 days to 48 hours and stop pilferage of goods from the protected areas, officials said.

Yarn price spike rattles RMG

Higher cotton prices on the world market have pushed local yarn prices up, putting the country's main export earning readymade garment (RMG) industry under threat, industry insiders said.

Economists oppose stronger taka

Economists and business leaders yesterday opposed an idea that the taka should be appreciated against the dollar to attract foreign direct investment as mooted by the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on finance ministry.

SEC to probe Fine Foods' price spike

The premier bourse did not find any irregularities in a price hike in Fine Foods shares. The stockmarket regulator will now investigate the issue.

Businessmen call for priority berthing

Businessmen yesterday urged the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to allow priority berthing to those shipping lines that do not impose congestion surcharges on exporters.

Green banking comes to focus

Banks should focus on environment-friendly initiatives by providing innovative financial products to help offset the impacts of climate change and ensure sustainable development, senior economists and bankers said yesterday.

Food prices pinch Asian households

Singaporean housewife Nursiah Sabada could only shrug in resignation as she shopped for food ahead of the holiday weekend marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

India hikes interest rates for fifth time

India's central bank raised its main interest rates more than expected on Thursday, springing the fifth hike in six months as it tries to tame inflation in Asia's third-biggest economy.

Geithner signals US impatience on yuan

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sought to convince lawmakers on Thursday he was taking a tougher line on China's currency and trade policies, but Beijing warned that pressure from Washington could backfire.

Oil prices extend losses

World oil prices dropped for a second day running on Thursday as a key pipeline supplying oil from Canada to the United States was expected to resume operations soon, analysts said.

Corporate Briefs

PUBALI BANK
The bank will fix the record date on September 30 for changing in denomination of share value (face value) from Tk 100 to Tk 10 each and market lot from 5 to 25 shares.

Metropolitan

Complete projects in time

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the officials of the public works department to complete their projects in time, maintaining quality of the construction as well as architectural aspects.

Use modern dredgers to raise navigability

The parliamentary standing committee on water resources ministry yesterday recommended the use of modern dredgers and dredging system to increase navigability of rivers.

Agreement to deal with disasters signed

An international conference on Saarc began here yesterday with a call for regional economic integration and signing an agreement on a rapid response mechanism to deal with natural disasters in member-countries.

Law and order normal across country: Tuku

State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday claimed that the law and order situation remains good across the country, as top suspected war criminals are now detained and others are under close surveillance.

Barua rules out fertiliser crisis in peak season

Farmers will not face any fertiliser crisis in the coming peak season, despite some fertiliser producing units remaining inoperative due to persisting gas crisis, said Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday.

Challenged tourist plans robo-suit adventure

A physically challenged Japanese adventurer says he is planning to leave his wheelchair behind and walk up a medieval French World Heritage site next year with the help of a cutting-edge robotic suit.

UN body keen to help strengthen local govt

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is keen to assist Bangladesh in further strengthening its local government structure.

Call to create awareness on ozone depletion

International Ozone Day was observed in the country yesterday with colourful programmes emphasising on creating awareness about depletion of the ozone layer and its adverse effects on this planet's environment.

PM to brief about latest political situation

Prime Minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina will alert her party's presidium members to the possible destabilisation of the country by the opposition parties, anti liberation war forces, extremists and a separatist group of India at its presidium meeting today.

'Bid on to start work early next year'

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday said the government is making all out efforts to start the construction of Padma Bridge at the beginning of next year.

Expand scouts movement to remote areas: President

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged Scout leaders to expand their activities in the remote areas to make the scout movement more dynamic and popular in the country.

Europe plans large lunar lander

Europe is pressing ahead with plans to send a sophisticated, unmanned spacecraft to the surface of the Moon.

William Hanna new EU Ambassador to Bangladesh

The European Union High Representative has announced William Hanna, an Irish national, as the new EU ambassador to Bangladesh.

Thief beaten to death

A mob allegedly beat a thief to death at Satkania in Chittagong early yesterday.

3 Indians among 48 detained in Benapole border

Bangladesh Rifles detained 48 people including three Indians while they were trying to enter Bangladesh illegally through Sadipur border in Benapole yesterday evening.

Education Day today

Historic Education Day will be observed in the country today.

4 missing in boat capsize

At least four people are feared drowned as an engine propelled boat carrying 11 passengers capsized in the Padma River near Mawa ghat on Thursday afternoon.

Cautionary signal No-3 at Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla

The low over Northwest bay and adjoining area persists. Deep convection is taking place over North Bay and adjoining areas. Squally weather may affect the maritime ports and coastal areas of Bangladesh.

Journos barred from covering meeting

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry officials yesterday barred around a dozen of journalists from covering a meeting though they went there on invitation.

Man dies in fall from high rise

A man died after falling from the thirteenth floor to the ground through lift passage of a trade centre at Banani in the city yesterday.

Arctic sea ice shrinks to third lowest area on record

Arctic sea ice melted over the summer to cover the third smallest area on record, US researchers said Wednesday, warning global warming could leave the region ice free in the month of September 2030.

Aviation holds 'critical keys' on climate: UN climate chief

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres yesterday urged the air transport industry to press on with curbs on emissions, underlining that it held “critical keys” to tackling global warming.

Woman commits suicide

Police recovered the body of a woman who allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan inside the bedroom of her apartment in Japan Garden City at Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.

Maruf on fresh remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Maruf Raihan, accused of threatening to blow up important installations of the country and attack the police, on a three-day fresh remand.

Call to use Bangla correctly

Speakers at a discussion here yesterday called for using Bangla correctly in every sphere of life.

'Accept MDGs as human rights'

A platform of non-government organisations yesterday urged the government to make policies and laws to accept the millennium development goals as human rights, which are set to be achieved by 2015.

2 killed, 38 hurt in road crashes

Two people were killed and 38 others injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur and Thakurgaon districts on Wednesday and yesterday.

2 killed, 38 hurt in road crashes

Two people were killed and 38 others injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur and Thakurgaon districts on Wednesday and yesterday.

National

4 executed in 3 jails on Wednesday night

Four convicted killers were executed in Faridpur, Sylhet and Natore jails at or around midnight on Wednesday.

Expat arrested on charge of link with JMB

Police arrested a German expatriate for his alleged link with Islamist militant outfit Jamaat-e-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from village Elangi of Kotchandpur upazila on Monday.

'Hold high the dignity of independent judiciary'

Chief Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim yesterday said lawyers and judges should work sincerely to reduce the number of pending cases and to remove the complexities in the process of trial.

War crimes tribunal team in Mymensingh

A four-member team of International Crimes Tribunal yesterday visited different killing grounds in Mymensingh and talked to local people to gather information and evidence about the crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War.

Three women commit 'suicide'

Three housewives allegedly committed 'suicide' in Chuadanga and Meherpur districts on Wednesday.

Porcupine rescued in Bagerhat

A three feet long brown colour porcupine (Sajaru) was caught at a fish enclosure at Shamddarkhali village under Morrelganj upazila of Bagerhat district on Monday night.

Miraculous escape

Criminals tried to bury alive a man after injuring him at Mithapur village in Patuakhali Sadar upazila yesterday.

Too shocking for a father

A shocking surprise was waiting for village guard Sohrab Hossain, who kept watching over a woman's body that lay with the face down at a sugarcane field at Choitonnaopur village of Dhainagar union in Shibganj upazila yesterday.

Boat capsizes, 4 missing

At least four people went missing as a sea boat capsized with eleven on board in the river Padma at Mawa yesterday evening. Among four, three were identified as Shahjahan, 35, Mokbul, 25, and Mkoniruzzaman, 25. In-charge of Mawa police camp sub-inspector Tayeb Ali said, at around 4:30pm yesterday the boat of Mitu Sardar started its journey towards Kawrakandi from Mawa Ghat with eleven passengers. After a while the boat's engine stopped and the boat hit the platform number-2 capsizing with all the passengers. Seven of them managed to swim ashore.

Boat capsizes, 4 missing

At least four people went missing as a sea boat capsized with eleven on board in the river Padma at Mawa yesterday evening. Among four, three were identified as Shahjahan, 35, Mokbul, 25, and Mkoniruzzaman, 25. In-charge of Mawa police camp sub-inspector Tayeb Ali said, at around 4:30pm yesterday the boat of Mitu Sardar started its journey towards Kawrakandi from Mawa Ghat with eleven passengers. After a while the boat's engine stopped and the boat hit the platform number-2 capsizing with all the passengers. Seven of them managed to swim ashore.

Train derails in Jamalpur

Train communications on Dhaka-Jamalpur route remained suspended for about five hours as a compartment of a train derailed at Piarpur rail station yesterday morning. Sources said a compartment of Dewanganj bound mail train from Dhaka veered off the track at about 7:15 am, disrupting train movement on the route. At least 10 people were injured while the panicked passengers were trying to jump down from the compartment. Railway sources said a relief train from Mymensingh reached the spot at 9 am and removed the compartment at about 12:30 pm.

'Thief' beaten to death

An alleged thief was beaten to death at Podughar in Bandar upazila yesterday morning. Bandar police told UNB that Salimullah, 25, son of Ismat Ali of Podughar, was called out of his home by a group of locals and mercilessly beaten up. Badly wounded, he succumed on way to Narayanganj General Hospital. Later, police recovered his body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. Salimullah was wanted in a number of cases including arms peddling and burglary.

Housewife beaten to death, another burnt alive

Two housewives have been killed in separate incidents in Barisal and Manikganj districts.

Robbery at Gazipur, villagers catch 7 in two districts

Robbers looted cash and valuables worth Tk 2 lakh from two houses at village Kotbazalia in Kapasia upazila early Wednesday.

Correction

In our report headlined " Smuggling, human trafficking create border problems “ published on September 15 on page 12, the name of the BDR Director General was inadvertently mentioned as Major General Rakibul Islam, NDC, PSC instead of Major General Rafiqul Islam NDC, PSC. We regret the error.

Special

Mascarenhas punished

Dimitri Mascarenhas will miss the start of the 2011 English season as a punishment for his foul-mouthed outburst on micro-blogging site Twitter against England selection supremo Geoff Miller.

Letters

Vulture and anthrax

The other day a report in ATN news on vulture has admirably awakened my feelings while the country has been threatened by anthrax (A highly infectious animal disease, especially cattle and sheep; it can be transmitted to people). According to the news item, vulture, an ecologically vital bird, helps stop germs from breaking out after it eats dead cattle and sheep. In their absence if some other animals like dogs and cats or any other birds eat the dead cattle, it opens the road to dangerous diseases like anthrax. Because they do not have the resistance power to kill the germ even after digestion.

RMG workers

Recently, the government announced the new wages of the garment workers, though it has been rejected. As a result , the workers vandalised the garment factories and commercial buildings in Gulshan, Banani and Tejgaon. The aggressive workers also set fire to many vehicles. The demand of increasing their wages has been there for many years.

Unhygienic

While the whole nation is stumbling on the anthrax disease epidemic, the people of Muhammadpur area of Dhaka city are seemingly very indifferent to the danger of the lethal disease. A good number of cows are being slaughtered in this area every day, especially on Fridays, without taking any hygienic measures.

Iraq war

The most tragic incident during this decade is Iraq war that ended with the declaration of Barrack Obama, the president of the USA. The last US troops have left Iraq. The US vice president was present at that moment. Generally, the question arises in our mind -- what is the outcome of this war where the US govt. lost 3 trilion dollars. Today Barrack Obama could not say that the mission was accomplished and they are victorious. In the name of establishing democracy, the then US president Bush started the war against Iraq but his mission has failed miserably.

Tortured boy

Your Dinajpur correspondent's report of September 2 is disgusting reading. Is the 'madrassa' teacher(?) a man or a beast? He should be taken to police custody, and criminally prosecuted; and punished in an exemplary manner; to set an example. To begin with; he should be immediately sacked from his job!

Naming and renaming

All the names given after Late President Gen. Ziaur Rahman have been changed on the plea of the court fiat that he was a usurper. The names of Zia International Airport, Chittagong Zia Complex, Zia Uddyan at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar to name but a few.

OSDs

An editorial was published in the DS on 31.08.10 on OSDs, containing a few logical arguments in favour of the OSDs which in some ways may console them. The Daily Star deserves thanks for bringing the important issue to the knowledge of the citizens of the country so outspokenly. Outwardly, the arguments are partial and inadequate to describe the predicament of the incumbents. There are some posts of the republic which some people have to fulfil or serve either on pursuance or diktat of the concerned ministry like: Directors/Director Generals (DG) of he Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Deputy Commissioners (DC), Divisional Commissioners, Private Secretaries (PS) to the Ministers or top brass of any government etc. Generally, bureaucrats of capability, knowledge, honesty and repute are chosen or selected for those positions. Though sometimes partisan people also get those honourable positions, thanks to their political tilt, but in most cases honesty, reputation and efficiency are the main considerations for these postings.

Trucks

During daytime hundreds of overloaded trucks enter Sylhet city which make the lives of commuters hazardous.

Poor performance

The Planning Commission's extension by two more years of the project implementation time for shifting the hazardous tannery industries outside the capital city exposes the government's wanton disregard for public health. This decision shows the government's negligence to ensuring affordable health service to poor and rural people. The NGOs and the private clinics are capitalizing on the poor health services in the public hospitals that suffer a lot from shortage of doctor. The doctors find no time to attend the rural health centres as they are busy making money working in the private clinics in the upazila towns. But who is there to monitor them? Heath being one of the major human rights, the government cannot look the other way while the teeming millions wallow in ailments.

Princess Diana

We lost Diana in 1996. This loss can never be compensated for. Her death got massive media coverage which raised several questions. Some people say that to escape the journalists, her car faced the accident. If so, journalists must be more tolerant in their attitude towards the celebrities. It is regrettable that some people were unduly interested in her personal life.

Ensure quality

Some companies by dint of quality of their products and service prove themselves qualified and acceptable to all concerned and become branded. In this way they earn confidence of the people. If the products of the companies fail to give desired results it goes against the name of the company and earns bad name. As for example GE, Siemens, ABB etc. Likewise educational institutions also get branded. Students coming out of these branded institutions are obviously good and subsequently are also found good while performing in their respective fields. As for example, Dhaka University, BUET etc. The branded companies further upgrade their products and the institution takes pride in their students when they are found performing as per expectation. When they fail the companies and the institutions are blamed for their bad performance. After getting the feedback they try to correct themselves to improve the quality of their products so as to maintain the quality as before or better.

A talk show

Some time back during my stay in Dhaka I happened to witness one of such programmes on Diganta TV channel. The interviewee was a veteran politician-- A.S.M.A. Rab.

Tony Blair's memoir

With respect to Prime Minister Tony Blair's new memoir "A Journey" I would like to offer the following comments.

“Judicial overreach”

I could not agree with Ahrar Ahmad as to his contention of "judicial over-reach", published in The Daily Star on September 04, 2010. Constitutionally, the Supreme Court has authority to interpret or declare any law unconstitutional, if it so appears. Mr Ahmad may minutely go through the verdicts regarding 5th and 7th amendments. The Court has not passed any law. The parliamentary commission has already started to work towards re-writing the constitution as per the judgments. Yes, it's parliament which enacts law or amends constitution, but the Apex Court has the inherent authority to interpret or correct the same in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, as it is also in the United States and other democratic countries.

Billion dollar loan

In his letter of August 16 Mr. Ali wrote that the billion dollar loan provided by India's Exim Bank is on the key condition that 85% of all commodities purchased through the loan money will have to be from India. This means that 85% of the billion dollar, i.e. 850 million dollars, will go back to India. I quote from the letter "Repayment of a billion dollar loan will severely deplete our foreign reserves. Bangladesh could've spent the billion dollars internally to develop its infrastructure, which would have positive effects on the local economy, instead of spending 850 million dollars in India." If it is so, I must say that by this so called loan of friendship, India is simply strengthening its market in Bangladesh.

Online Voices

Wholesale pardon under question

14 out of 20 death convicts in Gama killing case step out of jail; president's mercy draws mixed reaction (September 8, 2010)

International

Mideast talks still under threat

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended yesterday three days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders with no visible sign of progress on breaking a deadlock over building in West Bank settlements.

Jordan, PLO turn page on 'Black September'

Jordan and the Palestinians have turned the page on the bloody clashes of "Black September" that kicked off exactly 40 years ago on Friday but fears still remain in the absence of regional peace.

Pope visits UK, admits failures in abuse scandal

Pope Benedict XVI, beginning a controversial state visit to Britain, acknowledged yesterday that the Catholic Church failed to act decisively or quickly enough to deal with priests who rape and molest children and said the church's top priority now was to help the victims.

BP's Gulf of Mexico oil well to be sealed 'by Sunday'

BP's ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to be permanently sealed by Sunday.

N Korea proposes military talks with S Korea

North Korea has proposed holding military talks with South Korea to discuss disputes, the South's defence ministry said yesterday, in another apparent peace overture from Pyongyang.

White House happy at Republican 'squabble'

The White House on Wednesday sought to exploit an intra-party Republican "squabble" posing "stark choices" for voters, following big nominating election wins by conservative Tea Party candidates.

Tropical Storm Karl heads to Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Karl dumped heavy rains on the Yucatan Peninsula yesterday as it moved toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it was expected to pick up steam and become a hurricane threatening Mexico's central coast by the weekend.

Roma Gypsy controversy engulfs EU summit

Controversy over France's expulsion of Roma Gypsies yesterday engulfed a European Union summit originally slated to boost the bloc's profile on the world scene.

Anger in curfewed Kashmir as talks end in deadlock

A wave of disappointment swept across curfewed Indian Kashmir Thursday after no concrete results emerged out of a government meeting aimed at ending spiralling protests.

US envoy warns Pakistan of flood funding shortfall

The world will only be able to fund around 25 percent of the tens of billions of dollars needed to rebuild Pakistan after the floods, and its government will have to make up the shortfall, the U.S. envoy to the country warned yesterday.

Taliban threaten to attack Afghanistan's election

The Taliban threatened yesterday to attack polling stations during Afghanistan's parliamentary election as Nato and Afghan troops mounted a massive security operation to protect the vote.

Nepal's battle with UN intensifies despite extension

Though the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to continue its assistance in Nepal's peace process for four more months, the government yesterday criticised the reports tabled by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and his representative in Nepal, Karin Landgren, as unbalanced and not treating Nepal as a sovereign country.

Arts & Entertainment

Remembering a progressive artist

Noted artist Nitun Kundu's fourth death anniversary was observed on September 15. He was a widely respected cultural figure, entrepreneur and hero of the Liberation War, and for his artistic contributions, received a state funeral that was attended by a cross-section of civil society and government.

Fighting an affliction

Azam Khan, who had oral cancer, recently returned home following his treatment in Singapore. The Daily Star (TDS) caught up with the Pop Guru.

Memorial programme for Abdul Mannan Syed today

Bangla Academy is arranging a memorial programme in honour of the recently deceased poet, essayist and literary critic Abdul Mannan Syed. The programme will be held at the Bangla Academy premises today at 4 pm, according to a press release. National Professor Kabir Chowdhury will preside over the programme, which will feature noted personalities discussing the life and works of Syed.

Eid frenzy on TV

When BTV was the sole Bangladeshi channel on air, Eid programmes extended to three days. With the introduction of more private stations, Eid programmes have become more elaborate, stretching to six-seven days. This Eid over a 100 TV plays, almost 20 tele-films and four mini-series were aired on the numerous channels.

Celebrity talk show “Media Explosive” on ETV

Celebrity talk show “Media Explosive” will be aired tonight on Ekushey Television at 7:50 pm. Champa and Ferdous -- popular film actors from two different generations -- will appear as guests on the programme.

Obama to publish children’s book

US President Barack Obama has written a children's book, which is to be published on November 16, two weeks after Congressional mid-term elections.

“Na Pathano Chithi” on Desh TV tonight

Single-episode TV play “Na Pathano Chithi” will be aired on Desh TV tonight at 7:45 pm. An adaptation of Sunil Gangopadhyay's poem titled “Na Pathano Chithi,” the play has been written by Matia Banu Shuku and directed by Sumona Siddiqui.

OP-ED

Pardon me, Mr. President

The president of the country in his presidential forbearance pardoned 20 death-row prisoners on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr. These prisoners were convicted of killing a BNP activist four years ago, and as good as anybody's guess they belonged to rival Awami League.

Education Policy 2010 and '62 education movement

This year, September 17 is a day of immense importance with positive implication in view of adoption of the Education Policy 2010 in the backdrop of a series of debates and divergent views centering it. September17, "Education Day," has a special connotation vis-a-vis this day 48 years ago in 1962.

Japanese PM survives the onslaught

In the end it turned out to be an easy victory. Naoto Kan, the incumbent prime minister and president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), defeated his sole challenger Ichiro Ozawa, the heavyweight politician known as Shadow Shogun for his backdoor maneuvering, in the party presidential election.

Prepare for yet another sort of battle!

I knew what to do when I faced a mugger. I even knew more or less how to avoid muggers. The only thing I didn't know was that it was going to happen to me!

StarTech

USB drives tiny devices, huge capacity

The world is getting smaller as distance is diminishing. And electronic gazettes are becoming tinier to store and do more with a shorter space.

SUST makes admission paperless

After passing higher secondary or equivalent examinations, admission seekers usually get puzzled in a rush for getting admission into a suitable institution. And to add insult to the injury, the application procedure of higher educational institutions is quite lengthy and sometimes blurry as well.

Nokia emphasises apps to compete

To regain the leadership in the world mobile phone market, Nokia in its world summit 2010 in London, unveiled major improvements in developer tools in line with a powerful family of smartphones and Ovi services.

Microsoft releases newest version of IE9

Microsoft Corp released the latest version of its Web browser, saying that it would work at faster speeds, deliver better graphics and be less obtrusive to users.

Twitter tweaks website for more photos, video

Twitter is turning its text-messaging website into a multimedia showcase by adding a new pane that will make it easier for its 160 million users to check out photos and video.



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